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Six Days

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Will they find the lost treasure before time runs out? A gripping adventure about a desperate race through the wastelands of future London to find a relic of extraordinary power.

For Cass and Wilbur, life as scavengers is all they've ever known -- rummaging the ruins of London in search of a precious, powerful relic no one, not even their new Russian masters, has ever seen.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Chicken House (first published July 1st 2011)
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Jul 05, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it
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Jun 24, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Set in a future landscape of London after war and in the grip of struggle and poverty, Cass and Wilbur, a brother and sister team, stumble into a mystery that they barely know all the real stories about. Having lived a life with their father “scavving” for a mystery artefact for Vlad Russian powers that be, they soon find themselves helping out two lost and strange people, Erin and Peyto, who are looking for the same artefact for reasons even beyond Wilbur and Cass’ comprehension. The two strang ...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Six days is a dystopian sci fi adventure which is aimed at a younger YA audience. If you enjoyed Beth Revis's Across the Universe you will definitely enjoy this one too.

I must admit the start of this book left me a little confused. You are thrown in at the deep end in a world which is different from our own. The London you are in has been totally annililated by some kind of biological weapon and then by scavs tearing the place apart searching for an "artifact". The people are living are tough li
London may have been emptied of life because chemical warfare but it is the Scavs who are tearing it to pieces. Under the orders of the Vlads (their new Russian leaders) the Scavs are destroying everything one brick at a time as they search for a mysterious artifact. No one knows what this artifact looks like or what it can be used for but they know they have to find it if they want the Vlads to leave them in peace. Cass and Wilbur have grown up helping with the search but it is only when they m ...more
Future London has been destroyed by bio-chemical warfare and taken over by the New Russians. Under their command, the Scavs search the remains of the city for an artefact no one has ever seen. No one even knows what it looks like. Cass's family do this day in, day out because they know no other way. Then on one shift her younger brother, Wilbur, disappears, believing he's onto the location of the artefact. Cass tracks him down to Big Ben where they come across a strange boy called Peyto. Peyto i ...more
Jade Walker
Jul 11, 2011 Jade Walker rated it really liked it
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Six Days is a book that I would recommend for any dystopian lover. To me, this book seemed like a younger version of INSIDE OUT by Maria V. Snyder. That's not a bad thing though, while the concepts have a little similarity, the execution is totally unique and fantastically absorbing.

I have to admit that I struggled to get into this, maybe it's because I was halfway through another book and couldn't get it off my mind, but I found that for the
Nous avons là un roman de science-fiction en plus d'être une dystopie. Quel mélange ! Or, je me rends compte que je n'aime vraiment pas beaucoup la SF. Ce récit n'a fait que confirmer mes craintes - l'ensemble est habile, nous suivons une espèce de chasse au trésor dictée par un auteur de BD qui avait plus d'une corde à son arc, mais cela s'avère lourd, chargé en détails. L'univers dépeint est rustre, grisâtre, Cass parle elle-même un anglais proche de l'argot, c'est une nana habituée à vivre à ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Six Days is an intriguing mix of genres – it’s a dystopian, with elements of sci-fi, and the two are very cleverly tied together. The world Philip Webbs creates for us is very different from anything see today – set some time in the future, London is no longer the buzzing capital city it was, but is now just a crumbling wreckage of buildings left over from the Quark Wars, where most people were killed by bio-bombs. Now, the survivors are forced to do “scav” work; they must search through ev
Kim McGee
Oct 25, 2011 Kim McGee rated it really liked it
Really liked the story which blends dystopia and aliens searching for a missing crew member in the rubble of now Soviet occupied London. The only part that took a bit for me to get through was getting used to the Cockney jargon that is used in the book. Part of the dialect is its charm however and I would not want to read this book from an American spinoff. A group of teens and Wilbur (the little brother with the answers) must band together to find a flinder and save Earth and the alien spaceshi ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
Wow! This is a first for me -- a post-apocalyptic techno sci-fi YA novel! Don't be put off by all the futuristic British slang. When you get used to it, it draws you in and rolls you along, and you can't imagine the book without it.

Cass and her younger brother Wilbur work with their dad as scavengers -- scavs -- in London after the Quark wars. What bombs didn't do to the world, radiation and disease did, and London is one of the few places that was not completely leveled.

The scavs work for the R
Bethany Miller
Dec 12, 2011 Bethany Miller rated it it was ok
Shelves: royal-november
Cass and her younger brother Wilbur live in a futuristic London where they work with their father as scavs, scavenging the wreckage of London for an important item known only as “the artifact.” Wilbur is fascinated by the idea that there are clues to the whereabouts of the artifact in the Captain Jameson comic books that he loves to read. One of these clues leads Wilbur to Big Ben, where Cass finds him hanging precariously from one of the hands of the giant clock. Luckily for Wilbur a strange bo ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla, dystopian
Part dystopian novel and part science fiction, this title imagines a future world where the remaining residents of London spend their days scavenging in search of something that no one has ever seen but many have heard about. Biochemical warfare has killed off much of the population, and London is protected from floods by a huge barrier wall, hinting of the impact of global warming. The story centers around Cass and her brother Wilbur who end up teaming with Erin and Peyto, two aliens who are al ...more
Dec 31, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
This book was not what I was expecting and that is a good thing. The cover of this is terribly misleading - it looks like juvenile fiction and the drawing resembles anime. In truth, this is a YA book and is not anything close to anime. It actually reminds me more of Reeve's Mortal Engines series with a hint of A Wrinkle In Time thrown in. This is a good book, but I am afraid it will be overshadowed by other titles, namely because the cover just doesn't do the book justice. This is a somewhat ste ...more
Nov 22, 2011 Pat rated it did not like it
Tried listening to this on CD. Wasn't able to get past the first chapter because the voice of the reader, Jo Hall, was so horrible. Her British accent was so thick as to make it impossible to understand what she was saying.
I will try reading the book and hope to have better luck and maybe give a better rating.
Jan 02, 2012 Paul rated it it was ok
Six Days is an exciting and fast read, a young adult science fiction adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world. My standard for post-apoclyptic young adult science fiction, unfortunately, is set very high: Paolo Bacigalupi's Shipbreaker. Six Days suffers by comparison. My main problem with Six Days is the speed and ease with which the main character, Cass, adapts to an entirely new world with incredible technology. She comes from nothing ... a peasant, basically, with no education, living a life ...more
Rita Melvin
Feb 03, 2012 Rita Melvin rated it it was ok
I got this on audio book and it took me a while to get used to the voice and strong accent. Six Days started off interesting, but got a little to "sci-fi" for me. I started to lose interest and stop listening once the girl started talking like a robot.
Tina Lowen
Jan 29, 2012 Tina Lowen rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile-tweens
I was hoping this would be a great dystopian novel to recommend to 5th, 6th, and 7th graders, given the more mature content of books like The Hunger Games and Ship Breaker. But Six Days, for me, feels like it lacks identity, like it's trying too hard to be too many things. It's a little dystopian and a little science fiction (sometimes weird science fiction) and a little adventure with a little romance added at the last moment. The futuristic British slang made it difficult to get into a "readin ...more
Apr 20, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook, and I loved the narrator. She reminded me of the narrator for Lily Melkun's character in Raiders' Ransom. So with the combination of the narrator's voice, the broken-down futuristic London, and people all searching for one important artifact, I totally expected the book to be like Raiders' Ransom. Makes sense, right? Well, I was totally wrong. Okay, maybe not totally wrong, but throw in a spaceship and visitors from another galaxy, and you'll be closer to the truth. ...more
Mar 29, 2016 Marleeen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-2012, reviewed
'Nur 6 Tage' war mal wieder ein Buch, welches mich gespalten hat. Es ging von "Wow, das ist eine coole Idee" bis hin zu "Och neee, nicht wirklich".

Ich lernte erst mal das Grundgerüst der Geschichte kennen und erfuhr, wie es überhaupt zu der Situation, in der sich die Geschichte abspielt, gekommen ist. Es gab es die Quarkkriege, welche das neurussiche Imperium gewonnen hat und das Leben in London eliminierte. Heute, 100 Jahre später, suchen die Räumer in London nach einem geheimnisvollen Artefakt
Mar 23, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
„’Aber es gibt niemanden sonst! Ehrlich, Sie müssen diese Leute in Ruhe lassen. Die wissen rein gar nichts über das Artefakt.’ Ich habe dermaßen weiche Knie, ich würde mich am liebsten in den Modder werfen und Serowa anflehen. Ich darf die Leute nicht im Stich lassen.“

Cass lebt mit ihrem Vater und ihrem Bruder Wilbur in London. Sie ist eine Räumerin, so wie ihre ganze Familie vor ihr auch. Tag ein Tag aus ist sie damit beschäftigt die Gebäude in London zu durchforsten und Stück für St
Really more of a 3 1/2 stars. But not close enough to a four to round it up. The story was interesting, Maleeva and Wilbur were interesting characters. The main kids Cass, Peyto, and Erin were all selfish and annoying. There were romantic situations between Cass and Peyto that were totally not believable. There was absolutely no chemistry between the two. There are obviously more books to come as the final sentence was, "What's next?".
Sometimes I just really wish an author (and publisher) would
Aug 21, 2015 Jenna rated it it was ok
The idea of the book was interesting but I wasn't really worried for the characters at all. Most likely the favorite part of this book was the author's voice as shown by the British slang and writing style. When I first started reading it, I got bored in the first few pages and upon trying again, had to struggle to finish (just to find out what happened).
May 20, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: 4th-quarter, fiction
I thought this book was okay. It was not my favorite because I have read many books like this. Another reason was because I was reading this book in a rush. I was not reading this book for pleasure, I had to read it to get a good grade. This book was okay because it was fiction and not realistic. I don't have a good time reading books that are too realistic.
This book was about a girl that finds a boy and another girl who come from space. They come looking for a treasure/flindor that is from ou
Aug 10, 2012 Hanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
Da das Genre Dystopie langsam schon ziemlich ausgeschöpft ist, habe ich mich eher von ihnen abgewandt. Doch Nur 6 Tage versprach, eine Dystopie von anderer Art zu sein. Ich habe nicht viel erwartet, nur eben wirklich mal etwas anderes, was mich wieder auf den Geschmack bringen würde, Zukunftsromane zu lesen. Umso überraschter war ich, als ich zusätzlich noch eine gut dosierte und in der Situation nicht unpassend wirkende Romanze bekam und mich ein spannender Roman in den Urlaub begleitet hat.

Tina ♥ Bookaholic
English Review:
Right at the beginning I‘ve thought to myself ‘oh no, this won’t be something for me’ because it is written very youthfully. And with that I literally mean not only like other YA books, but really a young YA book! I would say that the book is exactly for the recommended age, which is on the threshold of children’s book to YA book. So approximately 12-13 years, if I can properly rank it, and therefore the age information with 12-15 fits quite well.

After I’ve got over the first sh
Kay Leslie
Interesting story set in the far distant future London. There have been wars that have almost destroyed all of England. Those left are forced to brick by brick crush London in search of an "artifact" that the Vlads (Russians) think will bring everlasting life. Cas, her brother Wilbur and their father are part of the scavs (scavengers) being forced to search. Until one day Cas & Wilbur met a young man in Big Ben who is nothing like any scav they know.

The story is has slang and language that
Logan W
Nov 07, 2013 Logan W rated it liked it
This is a pretty good book with a fairly intriguing plot. The author has a good way of writing with a medium sized vocabulary. The characters are all unique and have their own ways and they work together.
This children's SF drama throws in everything but the kitchen sink - it's a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world with grubby urchins teaming up with visitors from outer space to search for a missing relic that may give eternal life. Add a sentient spaceship, a cyborg, evil (very non-pc)Russian villains, fish-out-of-water comedy, romance (which I couldn't really get into, given that the audio book reader gave the romantic hero a reedy, high-pitched voice like a five-year-old) and a plot which goes o ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Dean rated it liked it
I thought the storyline was great and intriguing, but almost immediately got the feeling this book wasn't for me. This was because of the 'slang' language that is used throughout the book, which i don't see as a bad thing and know that many people would praise the book for this but I am not a fan of this in writing. But I didn't hate this book: it had a very good plot and was mainly good. I will check out some more of Philip Webb's work as I think he's an excellent writer! :)
Sep 23, 2016 RJ rated it it was amazing
I really liked this but it had lots of adventure and mystery and thats what i like i would rate this book a 5 out of 5. It is a unqie book that is one of a kind book. With all of the detail it had at the end about the skull it just blew my mind i would recomend this book to anyone who loves mystery and exitment.
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At the age of 10 I wanted to be a) an astronaut, b) winner of Wimbledon, and c) an author. In that order. Turns out I hate long-haul flights and I'm rubbish at tennis. But fast-forward 35 years and I did become an author.

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